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Character Sheet for the spin off, Vigilante: My Hero Academia Illegals's main characters.
Beware of spoilers, both marked and unmarked!
Vigilantes of Naruhata
- Almighty Janitor: Despite what they've done for the city, and their advances in fighting against a lethal drug trade; the best exposure and recognition they've gotten are tabloids misprinting Kouichi's hero name. Pop is the only one that the public has really noticed, and not for the right reasons.
- Anti-Hero Team: They're all outlaws by default, as unauthorized Quirk usage is considered illegal, even if it's with good intentions like playing a hero. However, Knuckle Duster is the only one that really fits the mold.
- Clark Kenting: Against all odds they've managed to keep their identities a secret. Their costumes are things they threw together themselves rather than getting them from the Hero Association (which, to be fair, aren't big fans of anonymity either) and are varying levels of Paper-Thin Disguise. The only reason they haven't been investigated yet is because they're doing the bulk of the effort in taking down the Trigger addicts.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Makoto's survey of the area shows that as far as the public is concerned, Knuckle Duster is a scary troublemaker, "The Hauler" might be well-intentioned but is also considered a bit creepy, and while Pop☆Step has the most positive feedback it's mostly about her butt.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Their ranks consist of a college-level social outcast, a high-schooler moonlighting as a pop idol, and a Badass Normal 30-something man trying to be The Punisher.
- Vigilante Man: But of course.
- Weak, but Skilled: Kouichi and Kazuho have two of the weakest Quirks in the series offensively, having little-to-no combat potential and practicality, respectively. Meanwhile, Knuckle Duster is Quirkless, which is a huge handicap when Everyone is a Super. Doesn't stop them from trying.
Kouichi Haimawari — Nice Guy/The Crawler
Debut: Chapter 0 (Illegals)
The hero of the story. A 19-year-old who wants to be a hero, but his Quirk, Slide and Glide, which is an ability to slide around on the ground at the speed of a bike when three of his limbs are touching it, made him unfit for service, because trying to go faster proves risky to both him and bystanders. Eventually he decides to get serious, dons a costume after hours and does "hero work" (really just self-imposed public services like directing people, picking up dropped item, helping the elderly cross the street and cleaning up trash), until an encounter with Knuckle Duster changes his life. With added training and experience, Kouichi starts to take the brakes off his Quirk and uses it for vigilantism.
- Accidental Misnaming: After changing his hero name, people still don't bother to remember it, calling him things like "The Hauler" or "The Cruller".
- Adorkable: Some of his smiles he makes as a result of Good Feels Good put him in this territory. Not to mention that he is an Extreme Doormat and an overall Nice Guy.
- Ascended Fanboy: Not nearly to the extent as Izuku, but Kouichi is also a major fan of All Might, gaining an appreciation for doing little tasks for others without reward and later doing "hero" work as a vigilante.
- Berserk Button: He's a pretty mellow guy most of the time but he will not let anyone insult his costume. It's one of the few genuine things that can get him angry.
- Butt-Monkey: He gets beat up a lot, even by low-level villains. It doesn't help that his Quirk doesn't exactly have a lot of raw power to incapacitate others with.
- Calling Your Attacks: Like a real pro-hero, he tries coming up with names for his moves and oh boy, does he fail so badly at it.
- Catchphrase: "I'm the man who (fill in the blank), The Crawler!"
- Civvie Spandex: His "hero costume" is simply one of his (many) All Might hoodies over motorcycle gear along with gloves and boots. He pulls his undershirt up to cover his mouth and (sometimes) uses a pair of shades to cover his eyes.
- Clark Kenting: The worst offender of the group, as his "costume" is just him wearing the hood of his All Might jacket, pulling his shirt up to cover the bottom of his face, and wearing tinted shades (which he rarely uses) to hide his eyes.
- Classical Anti-Hero: He's a bit cowardly and kinda lame, but he has the true spirit of a hero, even if he has to be a hero outside the law as a vigilante.
- Combat and Support: He and Pop are the support to Knuckle Duster's combat, getting civilians to safety and tripping up villains while their leader goes to town.
- Creepy Good: Seen as this by the populace, where the most positive reaction amounts to, "He's such a nice man! But he's still creepy." A high-school girl was convinced that Kouichi was busy flipping skirts with his Quirk, while a third guy said that Kouichi was still way too fishy to trust. This even extends to his civilian life, where his classmates shun him because of his early attempts to invite friends to his apartment in an abandoned building.
- Darker and Edgier: Kouichi tries to shed his "Nice Guy" persona reputation by reinventing himself as "The Crawler" despite not changing his appearance or mannerisms all that much.
- Didn't Think This Through: Once Knuckle Duster disappears and the "Next Level-Villains" starts popping up, he tries to take them on by himself without any real way to bring them down, resulting in a very annoyed Captain Celebrity who have to swoop in, clean up, and save him every time instead.
- The Everyman: His life was more or less normal since he didn't get into Hero School. At least, until he met Knuckle Duster...
- Exact Words: When Makoto gets a little too close to the truth about his identity, he manages to weasel his way out of her Living Lie Detector Quirk by the simple fact that she called him "The Hauler" much like the populace has been doing for a while. Since he sees himself as "The Crawler", he can blatantly say that he isn't "The Hauler" and pass her Quirk's test since he's telling the truth.
- Expy: The author's notes about Kouichi in the first manga collection also point out one of the basic concepts for him is "Izuku Midoriya if he'd never met All Might." (See the entry for Foil for more details.)
- Extreme Doormat: Knuckle Duster and Pop☆Step pretty much invite themselves into his home without permission and he doesn't even bother trying to get them to leave.
- Fan Boy: Of All Might, having looked up to him since he was a child. Kouichi is particularly proud of his collection of All Might hoodies, of which there were several re-releases that look virtually identical, but he's able to tell them apart with ease. These same hoodies are also used as part of his vigilante costume.
- Flight: While trying to save himself and Makoto from a lethal fall, he manages to propel himself in mid-air enough for Ingenium to save them. According to his mother he was able to do this when he was a baby, but out of concern for his safety she conditioned him to stop using his Quirk that way by punishing him whenever he did, so by the time he grew up he completely forgot that he could.
- Foil: A good one towards Izuku. Both start out as weak and wanting to be heroes. However whereas Izuku is intelligent and can figure out the true potential in most Quirks and started out without one, Kouichi was born with one, but never even tried to experiment with it and needed other people to point out how to use it. This goes all the way down to their appearances too. While Izuku has a head of striking green Messy Hair, Youthful Freckles, and is ripped for his age due to his intense training, Kouichi is fair, tall and lanky with short, normal brown hair due to his relatively mundane lifestyle. Their costumes are both based on All Mights and are characterized by a trademark hood. But while Izuku rarely wears his, Kouichi often has his up. One of the author's concepts for Kouichi is that as a college student, he's not a boy despite not being an adult yet.
- Forgotten First Meeting: Actually saved Pop from drowning as a little girl on the way to his High School Entrance Exam. But he thought she was a little boy, and was in too much of a hurry after the rescue to note otherwise.
- Fragile Speedster: After getting some tips from Ingenium, Kouichi is able to keep up with the Turbo Hero himself but has even better maneuverability as well as the ability to go straight up walls. His overall fighting strength hasn't changed much though and he's still relegated to mostly tripping up opponents and distracting them rather than outright fighting them.
- Future Badass: Subverted. His monologue post-Knuckle Duster's disappearance is similar to Izuku's, but instead of talking about how he becomes a great hero, he claims that he matures into a respected if relatively minor local vigilante.
- Giver of Lame Names: Neither of his vigilante names are particularly impressive and people have trouble remembering "The Crawler" and misname him repeatedly. Then there's the name of his "ultimate move".Kouichi: Ultimate rapid-fire combo... The Crawler's Shooty-Go-Blam-Blam-Blam-Blam-Blam!
- Good Feels Good: Is genuinely gratified by the little things he does for others, being the primary reason he's stuck around with his group despite the fact that it's illegal.Kouichi: [To Pop-Step while cleaning up a park] "I'll stop picking up trash because it's uncool?" That just doesn't feel right. That's not the kind of man I am.
- Hand Blast: By accidental coincidence while using his powers, he discover that his Quirk isn't restricted to three contact points in the ground to set off, allowing him to fire off the repulse force from his free palms like shockwaves akin of shotgun blasts as a result.
- I Just Want to Be Badass: Even knowing it's too late for him now, he still dreams of being a real hero, just for once in his life.
- Turns out that Kouichi did try to get into a hero school, but didn't get to the exam on time because he was busy saving someone. So he didn't get to become a hero because he was being a hero. Also the person whose life he saved turned out to be Pop☆Step.
- He mentions hoping to get a girlfriend once in college, but never could due to his (misunderstood) reputation as a creep. Now that he's a vigilante, several women have shown attraction to him, and he's completely unaware of it all.
- Innocently Insensitive: Throughout the arc where Pop☆Step is set to perform on stage as part of an ensemble act, Kouichi keeps blurting out comments about the captain of a high school dance troupe who are taking part. Not only do these comments tend to be unintentionally insulting, but he keeps inadvertently preventing a guy who has a crush on her from giving her compliments.
- In the Hood: His "Hero" costume is just a hoodie with bunny ears on it. Many people just mistake him for a All Might cosplayer. Turns out he has quite a few as part of a collection of Annual All Might Hoodies.
- Meaningful Rename: He's originally called Gentle-Man when his "heroism" consists of small acts of public service. After he joins up with Knuckle Duster and starts actually trying to fight criminals, he changes his hero name to The Crawler.
- Nice Guy: Even after becoming "The Crawler", he still goes out of his way to help others for no benefit to himself, keeping kids from getting into the street, cleaning up after others and reminding them not to litter, giving people rides to work, and handing a man the lunch he forgot to pack at the behest of the man's wife.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Kouichi didn't fail to get into Hero School due to a lack of merit or a bad Quirk, he failed to get in because he was too busy trying to be a hero by saving a child who had fallen into the river, thus making him unable to take the test to enter Hero School.
- Oblivious to Love: He's extremely dense and fails to notice romantic cues, which often results in him blurting out insensitive comments to his secret admirer and other couples-in-progress.
- Refusal of the Call: Knuckle Duster offers to let him partner up to fight against criminals. But after getting a taste of what real hero action is like, Kouichi initially refuses.
- Required Secondary Powers: He can speed up his glide but he can't slow down, which is why he usually stays at a manageable bicycle speed. It's not until he obtains protective motorcycling gear and learns how to fall safely that Kouichi starts going faster. It's eventually subverted when it's pointed out he can slow down by just going backwards, then a deconstruction as his Quirk limitations are due to his lack of training and experimentation to find its true potential.
- Ridiculously Average Guy: Surprisingly enough for a main character. While he's not incredibly attractive, he not a Gonk either, just very average looking. Then again, he was an average guy until Knuckle Duster offered him a chance to be a hero.
- Running Gag: Everyone except Pop☆Step and Knuckle Duster get his Hero Name wrong after he changes it to "The Crawler", with the general populace referring to him as "The Hauler". The only ones who do get his name right also happen to be villains who have developed an vendetta against him, much to his chagrin.
- Spider-Man Send-Up: Greatly resembles Peter Parker and his civilian life due to how life has a tendency to browbeat him. Likewise, his sliding pose resembles Spider-Man's wall crawl, is referenced as a bug, and discovers he can use his powers to stick directly to walls, just as Spidey does.
- Technical Pacifist: Despite wanting to be a hero, he shrinks at the first sign of mortal danger, and his definition of heroing is just doing public services, like picking up trash or pointing out directions to people. He gets into far more life-threatening situations as he continues his vigilante activities, but even then he rarely dishes out serious harm, tripping up people at worst.
- Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: Played with. While Kouichi is rarely engaging in life-changing events, his vigilante work is reflecting on his grades, forcing him to ask for help from his upperclassman... one of whom happens to be the sister of Officer Tsukauchi.
- Wall Crawl: Discovers that he can use his Quirk to glide up vertical surfaces early in the series. Later, he finds that he can also use it to cling to surfaces without propelling himself.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: His Quirk lets him move around at the speed of a bike, and he has to take a crawling pose for it to work. Actually using it gets him chewed out by a policeman. In battle, he figures he can go for his opponents' knees, but he doesn't have the strength or experience to pull it off. However...
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: ...his Quirk works on vertical surfaces as well, allowing him to scale buildings with ease. Plus he CAN go faster than a bicycle, he just can't brake... until Tensei Iida (Ingenium) crosses paths with Kouichi and offers some advice, upon which he can go fast enough to catch up to a truck as it drove away while having enough maneuverability to make hairpin turns and slide through narrow alleyways without bumping into anyone. Then Kouichi briefly rediscovers his ability to use it for outright flight when trying to rescue Makoto. He was able to do it far more easily as an infant, but his mother feared for his safety and thus punished him every time he tried to do so until he forgot.
- Willfully Weak: Kouichi's unimpressive use of his Quirk in early chapters is not because that's the full extent of his abilities. He can go a lot faster, but loses control if he goes too fast and would break rules which forbid reckless use of Quirks in public, already treading a thin line when he uses his with caution because there are strict regulations on transport-based Quirks like his. He also had plans to become an official pro hero, but they got derailed and he found himself stuck in mediocrity, so he was never really encouraged to go beyond his limits until circumstances changed.
Kazuho Haneyama — Pop☆Step
Debut: Chapter 0 (Illegals)
A girl who fashions herself as a Pop Idol and does "Guerilla Concerts" in public. Her Quirk is Leap, which allows her the ability to jump high into the air as long as she can touch a foothold.
- Attention Whore: Intentionally just a self-proclaimed Idol for fame and whatnot.
- Clark Kenting: She's a plain-looking schoolgirl when she's not wearing her costume, complete with glasses.
- Distressed Damsel: Ended up bumping into the punks Kouichi gained the ire of earlier who seriously were considering harming her and exposing her identity to the internet. Likewise ends up being caught by a drug dealer turned giant monster in the second chapter.
- Expy: Series author Hideyuki Furuhashi explicitly compared her to the heroine from the Shadow Lady manga while meeting with his editor to plan the series. (Later, the series artist originally decided not to have the wings on her back to keep the resemblance from being too obvious — and Furuhashi asked him to put wings on anyway. "The guy knows what he wants!")
- Favors for the Sexy: Utilizes her fanbase in this way to get intel, as they're more than happy to share anything with her.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Starts to get this way once Makoto Tsukauchi enters the picture and starts spending time around Kouichi.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's somewhat nice, thanking Kouichi for warning her of the cops that have come to break up her show. But then she starts showcasing her rude side, about commenting how lame his costume is, and trying to coax him into being her security. And by coax we mean demand...for free.
- In a Single Bound: She uses her Quirk to "jump" in the in air as long as she has a foothold to jump from.
- Jump Physics: Her Leap Quirk cushions any landing from her jumps, but only from her jumps, so she's still at risk from falls. She also needs a solid foothold to start from, making jumps from nonsolid surfaces like sand difficult to impossible.
- Magic Idol Singer: How she fashions herself, anyway. It's unknown if she's truly trying to be a hero or just to get noticed.
- Mission Control: Since she has the least combat ability out of the trio, she spends most fights gathering information and being an eye in the sky to the others.
- Nominal Hero: While Kouichi and Knuckle Duster became vigilantes to do good, Pop☆Step doesn't have a reason to join and will admit she's not part of the group to anyone that asks. It's later implied she joined to stay with her childhood rescuer Kouichi and repay the favor by helping him.
- Pretty Freeloader: Starts crashing at Kouichi's place without permission.
- Rescue Romance: Was saved from drowning as a little girl, and grew up with a case of Hero Worship for her rescuer Kouichi.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: Wears a skirt, does all her performances in the air and apparently has no problems with showing people her ass as she does it. She becomes infamous to the point that even young children are noting how she has a "bouncy butt".
- She Cleans Up Nicely: As Kazuho, she's a frumpy-looking student, but as Pop☆Step she's very attractive to the point of having her own fanbase.
- Tsundere: As Kouichi puts it, "she can't bring herself to apologize," and tends to hurl insults or accusations at people instead of being honest with her feelings. She especially becomes one around the person who rescued her as a child.
- Women Are Wiser: While Kouichi is often either trying to control or getting dragged along by Knuckle Duster, Pop is usually the one getting the right info.
Debut: Chapter 0 (Illegals)
Quirk: Quirkless (Currently), Acceleration (Formerly)
A Quirkless vigilante who goes on the prowl for criminals at night. He seemingly retired from vigilantism after defeating Kuin and saving his daughter, but in actuality, he traveled to Hong Kong, China to learn more about Trigger.
Before the series began, he possessed an acceleration Quirk that allowed him to move incredibly quickly in short bursts, and served as the speedster hero O'clock. He fell out of public view a few years before the series begins and was even thought to have died, but really went into hiding after something resulted in him losing said Quirk, forcing him to become a Quirkless vigilante.
- 555: His "business card" is full of fake information, among them a phone number which consists of XXX-XXXX-XXXX. The rest of the information, including the address and zip-code, is similarly cryptic. Nevertheless, his smooth presentation prevents Kouichi's mom from suspecting a thing. Said presentation foreshadows his past as a Pro Hero, as he would have had to do this on a regular basis to promote himself.
- '90s Anti-Hero: Fashioned after them, and his overall attitude certainly has brings this to mind.
- Archnemesis Dad: Seems to be this to Kuin Hachisuka, but it's a bit more complex then that. Kuin is using Tamao Oguro, his actual daughter, as a host body. So, while elements of Tamao's memory and personality are still active, the consciousness currently known as Kuin Hachisuka is driven by the queen bee attached to her brain.
- Badass Beard: He gains a rather glorious one when he returns in Chapter 44.
- Beneath the Mask: Underneath his Blood Knight '90s Anti-Hero exterior, he's a loving father and husband who holds a deep grudge against the people who hurt his family.
- Big Damn Heroes:
- Arrives to save Kouichi and Pop☆Step from a couple of thugs.
- Does it again, saving Kouichi from Stendhal.
- Badass Normal: He's Quirkless, but he's strong enough to send foes flying into walls, regually tangles with villains juiced up on Quirk-enhancing drug, manages to go toe-to-toe with Eraserhead, a pro hero, as well as Stendhal, who would later go on to become the Hero Killer Stain.
- Blood Knight: He loves to fight against villains who can actually pose a challenge to him.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: Liberally uses All Might's "I am here!" catchphrase when he either arrives onto the scene inelegantly or when he's about to sneak attack someone in a decidedly unheroic fashion. He also uses it outside of his vigilantism in more dramatic and heartfelt fashions, like when he assures his daughter that he isn't going to leave her.
- Boxing Battler: He fights using fisticuffs augmented by knuckle dusters and is shown training Kouichi with focus pads.
- Brought Down to Badass: He used to be the super-fast Pro Hero, O'clock, but at some point his Quirk was stolen and he got his signature facial scar.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: He's a Badass Normal to the point he can overpower a physical Quirk user in sheer brute force.
- Cleans Up Nicely: Most of the time he's either in his vigilante outfit or bumming around with Kouichi. When he first meets Makoto and Kouichi's mother, though, he shows up wearing a suit from his day job and completely masks his Blood Knight traits. As a result, even with the huge scar on his face, he comes across as suave and rugged instead of the scary guy he's usually presented as.
- Combat Pragmatist: His fists are usually good enough to handle most of the impromptu villains they face, but when facing a serious opponent like Stendahl or Kuin, he has no problem whatsoever with using any means at hand to catch them off guard.
- The Cowl: Contrasting to All Might's Cape. He has no hero license, which makes him a vigilante in his world's laws, but is more than willing to go out and be a hero after dark, when All Might isn't around and try to inspire others to do the same.
- Crutch Character: Unhinged as he is, early in their vigilante careers, his allies need his raw strength, life experience, and drive. So naturally, he leaves right when their challenges are getting even greater.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Pretty much every fight he's in is this for the other party. Knuckle Duster brings Badass Normal to a level rarely seen.
- Exact Words:
- During his encounter with Stendhal, he lays down a line of wire and tells the killer that he'll punch him if he steps over it. When Stendhal gets close, Knuckle Duster steps over the line and lays him out flat, pointing out that he never said that he wouldn't cross the line himself.
- The description that he gives Kouichi's mother and Makoto of the "community service" he and Kouichi do is also full of this.
- Of Batman but without the tools, as the author admits. He's also reminiscent of the DC character Wildcat, being an aging non-superpowered brawler.
- Design-wise, he appears to be one of The Punisher with a bit of Marv thrown in.
- Of The Tick, a boisterous brawler with a strong (and destructive) sense of justice who takes under his wing a neurotic youth who has a pointy "eared" costume and the power of flight.
- As O'clock, he was one to The Flash, being a speedster hero capable of moving faster than the eye could perceive.
- Foil: Like Kouichi to Midoriya, he can be considered the spin-off's version of All Might. All Might is introduced when he dramatically appears on a sunny day, introduces himself before effortlessly defeating a powerful supervillain in one blow to save the adoring main character; Knuckle Duster is introduced when he awkwardly appears out of a dumpster in the middle of the night, introduces himself before laboriously beating the shit out of some teenagers for longer than necessary to save the terrified main character. All Might has a 100% Adoration Rating; Knuckle Duster is a Hero with Bad Publicity. AM stays in the hero business for as long as his body will let him; KD accomplishes his goal and then retires from vigilante work for months. And of course: Toshinori was born Quirkless but was gifted power as a young man; Oguro was born with a powerful Quirk but had it taken from him as a young man.
- Hero with an F in Good: Tends to veer into this territory at times for comedic effect thanks to his "beat up every suspicious person in sight and sort out the details later" attitude, forcing Kouichi to hold him back before he goes too far.
- I Have Many Names: In addition to his civilian identity and vigilante identity, he used to go by the name "O'clock" as a Pro-Hero, but only in Japan. In Hong Kong, he was known as "Ciupan Seikyun" (Hyper Quadfist).
- It's Personal: His crusade against the Villain Factory is this in multiple ways. Firstly, it's heavily implied the Villain Factory hospitalized his wife in a near-vegetative state, eventually leading to her death. Secondly, Kuin took over his daughter Tamao's body and mind to use as a puppet. Finally, his former pupil is a member of the Villain Factory.
- Loophole Abuse: Once Eraserhead realizes that he's Quirkless, he stops fighting him because if he isn't using a Quirk for illegal activities, then he falls outside hero jurisdiction.
- Meaningful Echo: His first line of dialogue during his introduction in chapter 1 mirrors his last line of dialogue during his reintroduction in chapter 44.Chapter 1: You punks... Did I hear you mention All Might? Well He ain't coming. But... I'm Here!!
Chapter 44: No you're right. That guy... Died a long, long time ago. Nevertheless... I'm Here.
- Meaningful Name: Knuckle Duster's main weapons are a pair of knuckle dusters.
- The Mentor: To Kouichi, training him to be a hero outside the laws of their world. He also mentored the Villain Factory's speedster when he was a pro hero.
- Metaphorically True: After meeting Kouichi's mom, he presents a business card with his name and "company", which, "provides support in neighborhoods like East Naruhata, where local government and community organizations are less effective.... keeps the roads clean and patrols for crime at night". It isn't technically false, but it's omitting a lot of details about how he's doing these things.
- Mooching Master: He and Pop decide that Kouichi's apartment is their new base of operations without asking first. They also frequently raid his fridge or sleep on his couch.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He winds up inspiring Stain's ideology after mocking "Stendhal's" lack of resolve, having easily knocked the murderous vigilante flat on his ass.
- Not So Similar: Completely rejects Stendhal when he tries to invoke Not So Different on him. They may both be pro-heroes-turned-vigilantes but whereas Knuckle Duster had to change his methods to continue the same job, Stendhal uses the same methods to hunt heroes that he used to use hunting villains.Knuckle Duster: Me? The same as you? Don't make me laugh. I'm a badass champion of justice, and you're nothin' but an insane street murderer!
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His teammates only call him by his hero name or other nicknames, like "old man" or "master". When he introduced himself to Kouichi's mother, he acted surprised that Knuckle Duster actually had a real name, unaware that even that was an alias.
- A Pupil of Mine, Until He Turned to Evil: He mentored the Villain Factory's speedster on account of their similar Quirks before the young man ended up becoming a villain.
- Red Baron: The Fist Janitor.
- Retired Badass: Retires from being a vigilante after he managed to save his daughter.
- Scars Are Forever: Has a gash on the left side of his face.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer...: He has a pair of knuckle dusters and that's it, and he uses it for everything from fighting criminals to interrogating civilians, much to Kouichi and Pop☆Step's chagrin. Doesn't stop him from being a badass in any way.
- Would Hit a Girl: Has no problem whatsoever with punching Kuin in the face while she's using his own daughter's body no less because he knows he can't do any less if he wants to stop her.
Chizome Akaguro — Stendhal
Debut: Chapter 9 (Illegals)
Another vigilante that Crawler and Pop☆Step meet while chasing down a villain. Stendhal functions as a Serial Killer vigilante, targeting villains and killing them so they can't cause more trouble. For tropes regarding his current identity, see his entry here.
- '90s Anti-Hero: Acts like one, mercilessly killing the villains he targets.
- Anti-Hero: Unlike Knuckle Duster, he's not afraid to kill if he has to.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: His Quirk isn't why he can pull off all those ninja-like sword techniques. He spent all that time training because Bloodcurdle needs to injure the target first in order to work.
- Cynicism Catalyst: For a time he performed work as a Serial Killer vigilante, killing any villains he could find to accomplish what he felt the heroes couldn't. After losing to Knuckle Duster and being called out on lacking resolve, he heeded Knuckle Duster's words and resolved to instead target the false heroes he despised, becoming the Hero Killer Stain.
- Dramatic Irony: The first thing he says to Kouichi is that he's a guy who likes to stick his nose where it doesn't belong. Years later he would hear these same words from a hero in training named Midoriya Izuku. And then he goes and actually cuts off his own nose, making it so that he doesn't have anything to stick where it doesn't belong.
- Establishing Character Moment: Cleaving a bad guy in half. Then, coldly walking away with the man's blood all over him without bothering to wipe it off as he continued to thumb through pictures of people on his hit list.
- Eye Scream: One of his favored tactics is going right for the eyes with his switchblades. Against those with bad reflexes, it works to horrifying effect, but to those experienced in combat, they are able to react in time to avoid having their eyes gouged out.
- Foreshadowing: From his outfit, weapons, and hard stances demeanor, it's heavily implied from the outset that this is Stain before he reached his Cynicism Catalyst with the hero world.
- After having his mask destroyed, he claims it is wrong to wear one. As Stain, he uses a Domino Mask to cover up his lack of a nose.
- Part of his Knight Templar behavior is that associating with a villain makes you just as bad as one. Yet he associates with Kuin Hachisuka, a representative of the Villain Factory, for quite some time during his crusade.
- Knight Templar: Merely associating with a villain, no matter how tenuous, makes you just as bad as a villain, according to him. No mercy will be spared.
- A Lighter Shade of Black: While he is called a vigilante, he's more akin to a Serial Killer with how often his crusades end in murdering the villains he fights. Despite this, he still is pursuing his own warped sense of justice, in comparison to the Villain Factory simply aiming to pursue their own goals. Makes sense considering who he grows into.
- Meaningful Name: The name Stendhal, and his real name Chizome Akaguro, refers to the colors red and black. He associates red to life and black to death, and strives to sever the gap between the two, meaning that he holds the power of life and death in his hands.
- Ninja: He dresses and fights like one, preferring bladed weapons while moving extremely quickly.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Being a villain is cause enough to be killed, even if the said villain has never killed anyone.
- Self-Harm: After deciding that it is cowardly to wear a mask and that he needs resolve to remember that, he saws off his own nose with a trench knife to make it impossible to ever wear another mask. This willful disfigurement completes his evolution into Stain, plopping the discarded flesh in a sink and wandering down an alleyway muttering like a neurotic. It also shows that the dude is extremely imbalanced.
- Serial Killer: Although he is a vigilante, he works more like one of these, specifically targeting villains. After losing to Knuckle Duster, he would forgo killing villains and shift his focus to becoming a Hero Killer, taking on the identity of Stain.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He lets Kuin know one day he will come to kill her despite being the source for his information.
- Two Aliases, One Character: Stendhal is the original alias of Chizome Akaguro, before he discarded it in favor of becoming the Hero Killer Stain.
Major Pro Heroes
Christopher Skyline — Captain Celebrity
Debut: Chapter 14 (Illegals)
A high-ranking American pro hero, whose Playboy attitude landed him into so many scandals and lawsuits that he had to relocate to Japan just to find work.
His Quirk is "Flight" and it allows him to levitate and fly at high speeds.
- Attention Whore: In the hero business completely for fame and nothing else. Heck, his hero name is Captain Celebrity. He even has a theme song played during fights and rescues.
- Character Development: Due to Makoto's interference and his son's birth, he goes from being Jerkass who sleeps around and cares about fame to a legitimately heroic figure whose so enamored with his wife and son that he embarrasses them without realizing it.
- Curbstomp Battle: His Attention Whore tendencies and desire to make a show out of every fight he picks is the only reason any villain lasts longer than a few seconds against him.
- The Dreaded: His ex-wife Pamela is this to him. When Makoto ends up calling her during an interview, his demeanor turns a complete 180 and he becomes utterly terrified.
- Eagleland: A very interesting example that's played with. On the one hand, he fits the stereotypical Type II, being a loud, boisterous, obnoxious and glory-seeking American. On the other hand, it was all those traits that pretty much got him kicked out of the hero system in the US in the first place.
- Elemental Barrier: His Quirk covers himself and those he touches in an aerodynamic barrier. The barrier protects from heat, cold and physical harm. He can control whether himself or whomever he is touching would get the most protection from it.
- Expy: Between his Attention Whore attitude, blonde hair, the star on his chest, and his visor, he's a dead ringer for Booster Gold. He gains Gold's positive traits after going through Character Development.
- Flying Brick: His Quirk gives him the ability to fly and he's strong enough to carry an entire cruise ship over his head. In essence, his Quirk is similar to the powers of the 90's Superboy who initially had a singular power of tactile telekinesis, which was able to use to emulate several of Superman's powers such as flight and super strength.
- Glory Hound: He tries to gather as much fame and glory as possible, though he will give credit where it is due.
- Jerkass: In his first few appearances, he was nothing but an Attention Whore who wouldn't act unless there was a camera watch. He was so bad that he had to leave America to find work! Thankfully subverted later on, as he gets better with the help of Makoto and eventually drops a lot of the characteristics that made him so bad initially.
- Jerkass Has a Point: After rescuing Kouichi from a villain, Captain Celebrity complains that he's not getting paid for it. Kouichi and Kazuho point out they're not getting paid for their hero work either, but Captain Celebrity responds by pointing out that to them, it's more like a hobby, but to him, it's his job. In general, he normally gives good rationalizations for his seeming lack of professionalism, reminding readers that for all his showboating he's a very experienced and competent hero.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the later chapters he's revealed to be good with kids and loves his wife. He's even willing to put his own life at risk to save civilians.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: And how! His cleft chin juts out even further than All Might's.
- Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Later chapters have Makoto imply that a lot of his apparent harrassment back home was more a case of this than any genuine malice on his part. He then proceeds to demonstrate by saying several well-meaning, but easily misunderstood and incriminating things almost immediately.
- Pet the Dog: He might've been a total jerk at one point, but he was genuine when he complimented Kouichi on rescuing a child's dog while he was busy fighting a villain. He was also genuinely nice to his fans and was still willing to risk his life to save people.
- Reality Ensues:
- He's gotten in trouble due to his attitude and had lawsuits filed against him. So much so, it's the reason he's in Japan in the first place as he couldn't find work in America anymore. Knuckle Duster even cites he's been given the nickname "Captain Troublemaker".
- A lot of these lawsuits were from women he flirted with. So much so, his ex-wife has pretty much made a business in their lawsuits against him.
- Really Gets Around: He's known as a philandering playboy to have gotten the name "Flying Stallion", which has resulted in multiple lawsuits involving his wife.
- Smug Super: While overall competent as a hero, he's in it for the glory and adulation.
The Trigger Investigation
Debut: Chapter 5 (Illegals)
A detective on the police force, and the lead investigator of the Trigger outbreaks.
- Friend on the Force: Turns out to be one for Knuckle Duster.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: He's a smoker and a cop.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He sent Tsukauchi to request All Might's help in dealing with the Trigger outbreak, specifically telling him to talk to his secretary-manager, Toshinori Yagi, if All Might wasn't available. This situation led to Tsukauchi learning that Toshinori Yagi IS All Might, just in his skinny form, and led to him and All Might becoming friends.
A detective from the main series investigating the Trigger Incidents
- See his entry here.
Shota Aizawa — Eraserhead
A Pro Hero from the main series who assists in investigating the Trigger Incidents
- See his entry here.
The Hotta Brothers
Debut: Chapter 32 (Illegals)
Quirks: Unnamed Grasshopper Quirks
Jiro and Ichiro Hotta, two drug dealers that deal a normal, legal version of Trigger to help stop balding and erectile dysfunction. They don't have any license to sell the stuff but avoid arrest by working with the pro hero Eraserhead in investigating the Trigger incidents.
- Animorphism: Their Quirk allows them to transform into humanoid grasshoppers.
- Bald of Evil: Downplayed with Ichiro, since he's balding, and not really evil
- Bash Brothers: Actual brothers to boot!
- Diving Kick: Their signature move is doing this together, very much like Kamen Rider.
- HeelFace Turn: They dodge being arrested for their illicit dealings by becoming Aizawa's associates, even lending him a hand in the fight with Octoid.
- Shout-Out: They're villainous versions of Kamen Rider 1 and 2.
- Signature Move: The Double Hotta Kick, where they dive kick at their opponent together.
- The Loins Sleep Tonight: It's implied that Jiro suffers from this.
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: Eraserhead uses their store as his impromptu hideout, which frustrates the brothers to no end. They get even more annoyed when Koichi decides to use their store as a hangout as well.
- Those Two Guys: Since their introduction, they've always been seen together.
Debut: Chapter 1 (Illegals)
A recurring former Impromptu Villain. His Quirk, "Spikes", enables him to create spikes from his body.
- Berserk Button: People laughing at him.
- The Bully: What he is initially presented as, though this wasn't always the case, as he once wanted to be a hero too. He drops this after Knuckle Duster recruits him into helping find Tamao, and later becomes her bedside aide.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Seemingly a minor antagonist at first, but has a bigger role than initially perceived.
- Easily Forgiven: Played with. Koichi has no problem with him even after the whole attempted murder thing and Knuckle Duster comes to trust him as an ally, but Pop☆Step still hates him for what he tried to do to her.
- Face of a Thug: Granted, he is a thug in the present day, but in the past, he actually had noble ideals, and he cares for his friends enough to fight Stendhal alone.
- Foil: Seems to be set up as one for Kouichi. More specifically, as a dark refection of what Kouichi might have become if he were shunned by society more harshly.
- HeelFace Turn: After being saved by Koichi and Knuckle Duster from Stendhal, he's hired by Knuckle Duster to look into the whereabouts of his daughter and Kuin's host, Tamao, effectively making him Knuckle Duster's informant. After Tamao is freed from Kuin's control, he and his friends watch over her bedside whenever Knuckle Duster is out.
- Hidden Depths: One of his friends says that Souga wanted to become a hero too, and despite his Face of a Thug, he's shown to be rather sensitive to people laughing at him. Flashbacks show that people were constantly writing him off based on his appearance, leading him to become what they decried him as. Raputo reveals in Chapter 45 that he used to play guitar up until he got it destroyed in a fight too.
- Irony: During his clash against Stendhal, he was so enraged by Kuin mocking him that he starts screaming as he reminisced the many times in the past that he was rejected and ridiculed. As his brief tirade goes on he yells that he is being treated as if he were some monster - almost simultaneously as he is transforming into a porcupine-like appearance.
- Lesser of Two Evils: He's an attempted murderer and all-around a violent asshole, but he's nowhere near as irredeemable as the more dedicated villains in the series, such as Kuin or Stendhal. This gets subverted once he undergoes a HeelFace Turn, showing off some of his Hidden Depths and acting more like a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- One-Winged Angel: After getting overdosed on Trigger, forcefully administered into him by Kuin, he transforms into a monstrous human-sized porcupine as he rages on. The transformation eventually wears off however.
- Reformed, but Not Tamed: In the first chapter he plans to beat/stab Koichi to death, assaults and threatens to rape Pop☆Step, and destroy a store. After receiving a beating from Knuckle Duster and getting victimized by stronger villains like Kuin and Stendhal, he turns around into an informant and ally of Knuckle Duster, though he keeps his punk-ish traits.
- Spikes of Villainy: An antagonist with the power to create spikes from his body. Subverted after his HeelFace Turn.
- Spiky Hair: Fittingly enough for a punk with Spike-based Quirk.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: The reason why he is the way he is today. Despite initially wanting to be a hero as a child, years of mistreatment due to his appearance and his Quirk have made him into the punk he is today. He drops this however after he's saved from Stendhal by Kouichi and Knuckle Duster.
- True Companions: With Raputo and Moyuru. He cares for them enough to fight Stendhal alone to keep them safe. After being made to watch over Tamao, she slowly becomes one for him too.
Moyuru Touchi and Raputo Tokage
Debut: Chapter 1 (Illegals)
Quirks: Unnamed Lizard Quirk (Raputo), Unnamed Flame Quirk (Moyuru)
Moyuru: Can't argue with that. By the way, the nurses at this hospital are prtty damn cute, eh?
Raputo: Gyahah! If you like'em so much why don't you get yourself hospitalized too?
Two former Impromptu Villains who are friends with Souga. Raputo's Quirk gives him his lizard appearance and Moyuru's Quirk gives him a small flame on top of his head.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: They and Souga are on the receiving end of one from Knuckle Duster.
- Easily Forgiven: Played with. Koichi is fine chatting with them after they beat him up, but Pop☆Step still hates them for what they did to her.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Both are shown to be smokers. Raputo even tries to do this while he's in the hospital.
- HeelFace Turn: They pull one off-screen after Souga begins looking after Tamao as a favor for Knuckle Duster, even joining him in visiting her and hanging out with her.
- Lizard Folk: Raputo, thanks to his Quirk.
- Meaningful Name: Raputo is a dinosaur-man named "Raptor".
- One-Winged Angel: After taking Trigger, Moyuru grows bigger and his fire spreads all around his body, and Raputo becomes even more lizard-like and literally grows wings. Their transformations eventually wear off though.
- Playing with Fire: Moyuru, thanks to his Quirk.
- Reformed, but Not Tamed: In the first chapter they beat up Koichi and assault Pop☆Step. Later on they're still punks but not nearly so bad and have started working with Knuckle Duster, even joining Souga in looking after Tamao.
- True Companions: With each other, Souga, and later, Tamao.
- Villain Respect: Moyuru calls Kouichi a "big man" because of his willingness to talk to them even after they attacked him.
Debut: Chapter 12 (Illegals)
The younger sister of police detective Naomasa Tsukauchi, and an upperclassman at Kouichi's college. She's studying the hero system and the history of vigilantism for her college thesis. Her Quirk, "Polygraph", enables her to tell whether someone is lying or not by making physical contact with them.
- The Ace: When it comes to organizing and leading groups there isn't really a better ally to have then Makoto. She is very good at getting people to work together and while a bit manipulative she tends to make things better for everyone involved.
- Beauty Mark: Has one on the left side of her jaw.
- Go-Getter Girl: A college student who is working on her thesis, investigating the Naruhata vigilantes' activities, practically running Captain Celebrity's PR department, and helps manage the event where Pop☆Step makes her stage debut. If there's anything that needs organizing, Makoto's your woman.
- Living Lie Detector: Her Quirk legitimately makes her one, she just needs to be making physical contact. It can be fooled either by Exact Words or if the subject doesn't believe that they are telling a falsehood, such as when she outright asks Kouichi if he's "The Hauler". Because he's not, he's "The Crawler".
- Meganekko: Though she alternates between glasses and contact lenses depending on the look she's going for.
- Ms. Exposition: In helping Kouichi with his class work, she provides an infodump regarding the formation of the existing hero system.
- One Degree of Separation: Connected to the vigilantes through Kouichi, the police through her brother, and the world of pro heroes through working part-time for Captain Celebrity.
- Rescue Romance: Starts to fall for Kouichi after finding out he is the Crawler while being rescued from a runaway bus.
- Secret Keeper: Is this to Kouichi's vigilante activities as the Crawler after being saved by him from a hijacked bus.
Debut: Chapter 28 (Illegals)
Quirk: Unknown, Queen Bee (Formerly)
Knuckle Duster's daughter, a.k.a Kuin Hachisuka. Kinda. After a fight with her father over her performing at a concert, Tamao was lured astray by the Villain Factory, and was selected to be the new host of the queen bee, creating Kuin as seen in the main story. As of Kuin's defeat, and the queen bee's extraction, she's been staying in a hospital recovering.
- Antagonistic Offspring: Is this to Knuckle Duster while possessed by Kuin. While she is not in complete control over herself as Kuin, flashbacks show that she and her father did have a rocky relationship, mostly over her interest in music. Even after he saves her from the queen bee, she still gets a kick by playing the guitar because he apparently hated it.
- Eye Scream: Implied. Knuckle Duster has to rip Queen Bee out of her eye socket, implying it drilled its way into her head via her eye, as she used to have two normal ones. She still wears an eyepatch once she's hospitalized and it's all but spelled out that her left eye is entirely gone.
- Fan Disservice: Knuckle Duster rips her shirt open, giving the audience a good look at her bust, but he's doing this because he's trying to resuscitate her by shocking her back to life.
- Idol Singer: She wanted to be one, which her father didn't approve of. Circumstances conspired and prevented her from obtaining the dream, and it's not clear if she still wants to do it, even initially refusing to practice the guitar again until Souga tells her it will piss her dad off.
- Ill Girl: She's currently laid up in the hospital and in physical rehab. It's to be expected after a bunch of bees burrowed through her eye and Knuckle Duster beat her up before stopping her heart just to get rid of them.
- Near-Death Experience: Knuckle Duster stops the blood flow to her brain in order to free her from Kuin, but he is able to resuscitate her.
- Puppeteer Parasite: She fell victim to one, namely Kuin, the queen bee that resided in her head.
- True Companions: Thanks to her dad asking them to look after her, Souga, Moyuru, and Raputo slowly become hers as she's stuck in the hospital.